Location: Brentwood, Essex
Client: Higgins Construction
Completed: March 2014
Architect: PRP Architects
Budget: £13,000,000

The Beeches, Brentwood CM14

NLG Associates were appointed by Higgins Construction to undertake the design for a 5 star care home, providing 99 private apartments, including 25 dementia rooms. The care home boasts outstanding facilities and an internet café.


The care home has a lounge area, laundry facilities, private dining rooms and service, complete with extensive landscaped gardens that provide luxurious outdoor living space to the residents.


From an Employers brief, NLG Associates are responsible for the design of all mechanical, electrical and public health services including undertaking a whole building thermal model, calculating all heating and cooling requirements.


During the design NLG Associates were proactive providing invaluable advice to the end user/ operator advising parts of the building that were overheating and providing solutions.


The project deliverables include the design of a 70KWe CHP system combined with high efficiency condensing boilers to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating. Fully coordinated designs were produced of all electrical, hot & cold water, heating, gas supply, kitchen / bathroom ventilation, comfort cooling as well as soil and waste drainage systems.


The electrical services were extensive comprising of high class lighting and small power, specialist lighting for Dementia care rooms, café and fine dining areas along with internet areas. External security, CCTV, landscape and private road lighting, including a design to avoid disruption of the bats environment on the site.


NLG Associates modelled the first floor using Revit BIM to ensure that the subcontractors could base their working drawings upon, and to speed up the construction programme.